Monday’s Menu Musings

I’ve really been into Mediterranean food lately. Here’s something I love to eat for a quick, healthy lunch. It’s good over fresh spinach or salad greens too. So what is Tabouli anyway? Glad you asked…

Tabouli…

is a healthful and delicious Mediterranean food recipe prepared with cracked wheat, mint, garlic, tomatoes, green onions, olive oil and lemon. An excellent picnic food idea, it tastes great chilled or at room temperature.

Spell it Tabouli, Tabouleh, or Tabule, there’s no confusion about one thing– it’s a really nice departure from ordinary salad recipes, a vegetarian meal in itself.

2 cups cracked wheat (bulghur)
2 cups very hot water
1 cucumber, chopped
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, (8) sliced
1/2 cup fresh chopped mint
2 cups fresh chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

Dressing:
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pepper
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

  • Soak the cracked wheat in the hot water until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
  • Drain any excess water, if necessary, and squeeze dry.
  • Combine the salad ingredients, including wheat, in a medium bowl.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together and stir into the salad mixture.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.
  • Makes about 8 cups, 12 to 16 servings.
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